An 18-year-old West Roxbury man will face criminal charges that he allegedly drove up to 80 miles per hour before a Sept. 6 crash on the Arborway in Jamaica Plain that injured him and five other people, including one who is still in a coma and another with life-
altering brain and spine injuries, officials said Wednesday.
Authorities are seeking a criminal complaint against Nikolas Papadopoulos, charging him with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and several civil offenses, including speeding, failing to ensure that two passengers under 16 were wearing seat belts, and unsafely crossing lane markings, authorities said.
He will be summoned to West Roxbury District Court for arraignment at a future date, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office and State Police Colonel Timothy Alben said in a statement.
Authorities believe that excessive speed was the major cause of the crash, the statement said.
The inquiry remains active, and authorities did not rule out additional charges as more information develops, the statement said.
Papadopoulos was traveling westbound when the 2003 Mazda Tribute he was operating crossed the median strip, began to roll over, and collided with a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck that was heading eastbound, the statement said.
Papadopoulos was driving two 14-year-olds, one from Chestnut Hill and one from West Roxbury, and a 15-year-old from West Roxbury. All are expected to survive, the statement said. But the 14-year-old from Chestnut Hill suffered brain and spine injuries that will change his quality of life, said Jake Wark, spokesman for Conley’s office.
Both Papadopoulos and the 15-year-old were wearing seat belts, Wark said. The operator of the F-150, a 33-year-old Dorchester man, remains hospitalized in a medically induced coma. His passenger, a 34-year-old Quincy man, was released from care with less serious injuries. Both men were wearing seat belts, the statement said.